Enter the Animus In This New Assassin’s Creed Clip

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In the Assassin’s Creed film from 20th Century Fox, Callum Lynch (played by Michael Fassbender) experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in the 15th century Spain thanks to a revolutionary technology, the Animus. The Animus uses genetic memories in order to sync him with the memories of his ancestor.

Callum soon discovers that he is descended from the Assassins, a mysterious secret society, and gains incredible knowledge to continue his Ancestor’s prior crusade against the Templars in the present day.

In the clip, we get a look at the Animus system as a less-than-willing Callum is strapped in. The Animus in the games is presented as a machine that you lie down in, and the memory strand you choose is where you go in time. However, the film version has taken a step away from that, with Callum being lifted up in the air by a belt around his waist attached to a mechanical arm situated in a large room.

The Animus then physically plunges him into the memory of his Ancestor. This sort of interactive take on it is interesting from a film standpoint, as this is far more exciting to the viewer than just having someone lie down. This Animus is classed as the Animus 4.3, where the user is able to physically relive the memories of their Ancestors, being able to now jump, run, or use weapons while in the simulation.

Assassin’s Creed is coming to theaters on December 21st 2016.